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Sep 23, 2020 RISD Museum
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This anti-visibility is not the same as being invisible, rather it is the power to operate against systems of imperial domination, including the gaze. It asks: How do we force the gaze to surrender? What if explanation were off the table? By enabling a petit marronage that can be expressed in the visual and symbolic use of shadow, the gaze is challenged. This issue of Manual and the accompanying exhibition (opening at the RISD Museum Fall 2020) posit that the right to opacity de-burdens...
Topics: Dr. Anita N. Bateman, Defying the Shadow, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dominic Molon, Nick Cave, Shuriya...
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Jan 8, 2020
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Ancient objects invite us to ask questions about making, meaning, and original use. This lesson looks at material and design innovations as well as the lifestyles, customs, and values of civilizations revealed in everyday and ritual objects from ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Like archaeologists and historians, students are encouraged to look closely at a single object or to compare artifacts, to shift their attention from details to the whole, and to synthesize observations of the...
Topics: archaeologist, archaeologists, RISD, RISD Museum, Egypt, Teaching Notes
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Nov 22, 2019
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Since ancient times, gods and heroic figures have been represented through works of art and design. These images and objects have held special importance for the people who made them, as well as for those who continue to hold them sacred. The ritual and narrative objects included here have served, and in some cases continue to serve, various purposes and uses in different religions and belief systems. Many of the objects depict gods or ideal figures that were models of character and leadership...
Topics: RISD, RISD Museum, RI, Gods, God, teaching notes
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Through its focused attention on key works of art and design, this lesson offers students the opportunity to investigate the changing context of the Americas through objects and representations made in North, Central, and South America and in the Caribbean from pre-contact to the present Consider the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples as well as European colonists and investigate the historic and ongoing impact of colonialism, local and international trade and cultural exchange,...
Topics: RISD Museum, Rhode Island, Americas, Teaching Notes
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Novel representations and diverse perspectives can reveal new insights into complex systems, and can support rich understandings of the world. In this activity, students will identify and analyze the choices artists and scientists make when creating representations of living or non- living natural objects. This process will help students recognize the potential and place for their own articulation of how the world works. After drawing from nature, students will reflect on the process of...
Topics: RISD Museum, Rhode Island, nature, teaching notes
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Nov 13, 2019
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The way we choose to group and categorize objects can reveal how we process information and create meaning. Prior knowledge, context, memories, and our particular interests all influence the types of information we are each able or not able to see. By looking at the similarities and differences between objects either found in nature or fabricated, we can reveal information that adds nuance and complexity to our understanding and exercises our abilities of perception. Careful study of an object...
Topics: RISD Museum, Rhode Island, Teaching Notes, Juxtaposition
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Nov 13, 2019 RISD Museum
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Works of visual art and design are ubiquitous in our lives. Look at the objects around you, and consider how many of them were created, at least in part, by an artist or designer. The work of artists and designers goes well beyond paintings and sculpture—it includes the chair you are sitting on, the fork you will eat dinner with, and the shoes on your feet. The artists and designers in this lesson represent a broad range of time periods and cultures. Designers are problem solvers, inventors,...
Topics: RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Artists' Ideas, Teaching Notes
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Jun 24, 2019 RISD Museum
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Educator MJ Robinson reflects on student reactions to their gender presentation and shares a lesson plan inspired by artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits to help elementary-aged students identify and challenge gender-based stereotypes.
Topics: lesson plan, soundsuits, education, gender roles, gender stereotypes, non-binary, gender identity,...
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Jan 7, 2019 RISD Museum
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In art, especially, polychrome invites us to the dialogue that colors are always having amongst themselves. A history of polychrome could be a series of poems exchanged among colors. The exchange might exhibit something like perpetual newness, again and again revealing differently bent hues and movingly novel blends. It would be a short-line poetry, excruciatingly sensitive to tone. Its speakers would have no names, so it would confuse the psychology of human orientation. In this connection, a...
Topics: journal, art making, RISD
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Dec 11, 2018 RISD Museum
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Can we find in the detail, in the stitch and the weave, an ecology of care, a model for activating new forms of life, ones that might reject or reimagine an economic and cultural order based on novelty, disposability, and the monadic self? Can they help us learn to live together in a broken world? —Brian Goldberg and Kate Irvin, from the preface to Issue 11  **Introduction**: Barry Schwabsky on painting and repair **From the Files**: Linda Catano on the conservation of a 700-year-old Gwaneum...
Topics: RISD Museum, Art Journal
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Dec 7, 2018 Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
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The earliest known use of the expression “give and take” can be traced to horse racing. It referred to races in which larger, stronger horses carried more weight, and smaller ones, less. Implied therein is an accounting for relative capacities. In such a race, the goal remains the same—crossing the finish line first—but introducing this variable highlights the relationship between the competing horses. A win is only meaningful if each horse can be considered in relation to the others. ...
Topics: Journal, Art and its Making
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Nov 5, 2018 Sarah Ganz Blithe and Amy Pickworth, eds.
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This issue of *Manual*—themed Out of Line—is a collection about the way that lines disrupt, point outward. In poetry, the attention to detail one takes in crafting a line is all about making the line disappear, making something it holds to take front stage. . . . The space between the lines creating the image . . . the space around that argues for the importance of all that the lines hold.
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The Gorham Lady’s Writing Table and Chair was shown at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, with descriptions of the pieces detailed in an illustrated brochure. Today, the check cutter from the desk set is in the RISD Museum collections. http://risdmuseum.org/art_design/objects/1029_ladys_writing_table_and_chair
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Folkscanomy: Architecture
Apr 20, 2018 RISD Museum
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Authored by Henry-Russell Hitchcock Jr., this volume is a pictorial history of architecture in Rhode Island. Published by the Rhode Island Museum Press, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; 69 p. ill., plans, 81 plates 29 cm. 
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Folkscanomy: Architecture
Apr 20, 2018 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
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Authored by Henry-Russell Hitchcock Jr., this volume is a pictorial history of architecture in Rhode Island. Published by the Rhode Island Museum Press, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; 69 p. ill., plans, 81 plates 29 cm. 
Topics: Rhode Island, Architecture, Exhibition
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Apr 2, 2018 RISD Museum
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An assemblage is both an act and a result-the work of gathering and conjoining as well as the state of having been gathered and conjoined. This issue of Manual pieces together works made out of practical necessity and others that marry dazzling embellishments for optimal effect, examining how history (or one version of it) was (and is) pastiched from disparate sources, how fashionable textile samples were collected, and more (always more). An assembly of assemblages, an assortment of intended...
Topics: Sarah Ganz Blythe, S. Hollis Mickey, Amy Pickworth, Derek Schusterbauer, RISD Museum, RISD, Rhode...
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Jul 12, 2017 RISD Museum
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"To engage as an alchemist/artist is to be the perpetual student of the present moment, to synthesize culture, so-called science, and the implications of existential borders into a discipline that is repeatable, a practice. Art and alchemy are not singular, unified pursuits. Their practitioners are trans-disciplinary, disjointed, and solitary in their practice, and their labor and the ordering of their lives become porous, overlaid in the pursuit of other-than or beyond-dominant modes of...
Topics: Alchemy, RISD Museum, RISD, Bryan McGovern Wilson, Markus Berger, Michael Grugl, Doreen Garner,...
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Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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THIS book has been published by the Rhode Island School of Design, at the request of the late Charles L. Pendleton, of Providence, Rhode Island, and as a fitting appreciation of his gift of this splendid collection, which is about to be placed in a fire-proof house especially designed for its housing, where it will be open to the public. This book is essentially a catalogue of the collection, and takes up the description of the pieces in the order of their arrangement in the rooms. It has been...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Charles L. Pendleton, furniture, Chippendale
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Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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The moon, Earth's only satellite, has been a source of mystery and wonder since the beginning of recorded history, and probably before that as well. Inspired to understand its powerful presence and effects— from gravitational pull, tidal flow, and magnetic fields to its impact on animal and human behavior— artists and writers as well as scientists have studied the moon for centuries. Using low-tech but labor-intensive methods and materials, sculptor Tristin Lowe has created an...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Tristin Lowe
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Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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Collision is an experiment in exhibition-making. It began when painter Jackie Saccoccio invited a group of artists (seventeen, including herself) to contribute works of their own choosing to a show in which paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, videos, and various hybrid forms would literally collide: butting up against each other, overlapping, and even altering one another in an improvisatory fashion. Depending on their placement in the gallery as determined by the individual...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Judith Tannenbaum
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Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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Dan Walsh has been devoted to abstract painting since he arrived in New York in the early 1980s. Naturally his work has evolved over the past three decades, but he has remained consistently attached to Minimalism’s basic language of geometry and grids.
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Dan Walsh, Judith Tannenbaum
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French art from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries forms one of the strongest areas of our holdings. In addition to the paintings and sculpture that are normally on view in our galleries, the Department of Graphic Arts is blessed with an impressive array of watercolors and drawings by most of the figures that gave such prominence to the period. Yet the breadth and quality of this collection has only been suggested by those few drawings by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh that are...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Kermit S. Champa, French,...
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Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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For the visually hungry on culture’s path, or, for that matter, those lost in their own closets, it is difficult to avoid textiles. Theirs is a persistent capacity-to seduce us, to engage us in mystery, to clothe our gender, to physically and intimately touch us, to celebrate place and time, to record history and entangle us in the branches of family trees. Textiles make exquisite the most simple functions of daily life and make memorable the necessarily grand occasion. We find ourselves to...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Holly...
Folkscanomy History: Books of a Historical Nature
Jul 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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This gallery guide has been created to accompany the exhibition Rethinking the Romans: New Views of Ancient Sculpture at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The installation presents RISD’s exceptional Roman sculpture collection in light of new scholarship, which stresses meaning, use, and context within Roman culture. Includes six short essays.
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Georgina E....
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Jul 21, 2016 RISD Museum
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The Written Word brings together pages from medieval manuscripts and early printed works, giving a sample of the various types of books created between 1100 and 1550. Individual pages were a popular way, especially in the earlier part of the 20th century, for museums and libraries to acquire representative collections, and many of The RISD Museum’s manuscript leaves were acquired as such a group in 1943.
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Susan Ward,...
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Jul 21, 2016 RISD Museum
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This exhibition arose from a collaboration between participants in a Brown University art-history seminar of Fall 2001 and curators from three departments at The RISD Museum: Costume and Textiles; Decorative Arts; and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Studying each department's resources in the area of European ornament, the group examined how the work of artisans in materials such as wood, metal, fiber, and ceramics responded to and participated in the inventions of designers who drew...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Decoration...
A group of works in this exhibition emphasizes the differing investments of individuals and groups in the icons of patriotism. Some artists borrow and transform recognizable icons and symbols to invite a dialogue with their viewers about the role of patriotism in troubled times.
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Fierce tigers and awe-inspiring dragons—these subjects hardly seem to fit into the same category as delicate songbirds like the nightingale and blossoms as ephemeral as the cherry. Even so, a wide array of flora and fauna and bugs and beasts appears in Japanese prints of the genre traditionally called “birds and flowers” (kachō). These Edo-period prints (1608-1867) reflect the profound Japanese appreciation for the natural world.
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Deborah Del...
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Jul 8, 2016 RISD Museum
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Wallpaper was once ubiquitous and is still common in domestic settings, but it has rarely been given the same kind of attention bestowed on fine-art objects or other applied arts. Nonetheless, many artists– from Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) to William Morris (1834-96) and Andy Warhol (1928-87) — have created wallpaper and considered this activity to be a significant endeavor. Despite the move away from ornamentation over the past century in both the fine and applied arts, a number of...
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Jul 8, 2016 RISD Museum
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In the 18th century, European and American interiors were transformed by the rise of a new kind of wall treatment. Wallpaper – mass-produced, affordable, and highly practical – reached a broader audience than fine prints and paintings. This wide distribution prompted wallpaper artists to heed the contemporary interests of the expanding consumer class. As a result, wallpaper often recorded social changes as they were expressed in the shifting relationship between high art and popular culture...
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In the 1960s, the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (The RISD Museum), established an early and deep connection with the art of Latin America. In a sweeping attempt to create a broader context for our strong North American collections, money and energy were committed to the purchase of the work of contemporary artists from all over South and Central America and the Caribbean. For this pioneering foresight, we continue to be grateful to former Director Daniel Robbins (1932-95;...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Cuba,...
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Jun 30, 2016 RISD Museum;
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The lives of the six men depicted in Edgar Degas' Six Friends at Dieppe - as well as Degas himself - are explored. The history of the painting's placement in the RISD Museum's collection is traced back to Degas' relationship with one of the men featured in the painting. The narrative is interspersed with paintings, photographs, and excerpts from various memoirs, autobiographies and correspondences. 
Topics: Edgar Degas, Six Friends at Dieppe, RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Maureen C...
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Jun 30, 2016 RISD Museum
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Ubiquitous in our culture, styrofoam is used to insulate buildings, package computers and other consumer products, and produce picnic coolers and containers for fast food and take-out. For decades, artists have employed styrofoam in the making of models and molds for casting. Today, however, more and more artists are exploring it as a primary material or a subject in its own right, using it in new and ingenious ways to create sculpture, paintings, and installations.
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Evolution/Revolution brings together the textile work of designers from the U.S., Britain, Europe, South and Central America, and Japan, and draws philosophical parallels between these contemporary artists and those of the Arts and Crafts Movement of 19th-century Britain.The exhibition is organized around the themes of Storytelling, Experimentation and Materials, Collaboration, and Art and Life—key ideas that spring from the Arts and Crafts spirit. One of the most widely influential art and...
Topics: RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Fashion,...
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Jun 30, 2016 RISD Museum
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For the past decade, Providence, RI, has been the site of a radical underground art scene, giving rise to a multi-faceted, unbridled aesthetic that is as distinct as it is influential. As a celebration of the movement, The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design is presenting the exhibition Wunderground. The companion publication, Wunderground- Providence, 1995 to the Present features a foreword by celebrated artist and designer Gary Panter, 128 pages of full color illustrations and...
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Jun 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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Ranging from quaint stereotypes of Mexican identity to current socio-economic and art-world commentary, Alejandro Diaz’s text-based works and installations use language as a form of cultural critique and resistance. Conceptual and campy, his humor infused politics and choice of everyday materials are emblematic of his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, activism, public intervention, and free enterprise. His projects take place outdoors on city streets as well as inside...
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The Museum of Art was founded simultaneously with the Rhode Island School of Design in 1877 by a group of women led by Eliza Radeke's mother, Helen Adelia Rowe (Mrs. Jesse) Metcalf. RISD’s stated purpose was to educate artists in drawing, painting, modeling, and design for the benefit of industry and art, and to educate the public so that they could appreciate and support art and design. The creation of a museum collection was inseparable from these objectives. Both Eliza Radeke and Helen...
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RISD’s newest generation of textile designers source the RISD Museum’s vast Asian textile collection in this popular collaborative project and biennial exhibition. Traditional craftsmanship sparks contemporary creativity as objects inspire innovative new textiles and garments.
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Jun 29, 2016 RISD Museum
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IN J U L Y 2 0 0 6 , RISD Museum director Hope Alswang and curator Judith Tannenbaum encountered Beth Lipman’s 2o-foot-long glass tableau entitled Bancketje (Banquet), then on exhibit at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. This tour de force, created in 2003 (now in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.), inspired The RISD Museum to invite the artist to visit its galleries, as well as collections in storage, in order to...
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RISD Museum was the recipient of fifty contemporary works from the celebrated collectors Dorothy and Herb Vogel. Both worked as civil servants throughout their lives so they never had extraordinary means with which to build a collection, but acquired more than 4000 works since their marriage in 1962. Their commitment to minimal and conceptual art is well-known, but their taste was much broader and included work rooted in Abstract Expressionism as well as figurative compositions. Most of the...
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Jun 28, 2016 RISD Museum
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In the 19th century Italy was the most desirable destination for travelers from every corner of Europe and beyond. Thousands crossed mountains, even oceans, to go there, leaving their "barbarous” homelands to study and admire Italy’s unsurpassed aesthetic and cultural riches. A poem in the New England Magazine in 1831 described the goals and ideals of visiting Italy on a European Grand Tour, calling those who did so "pilgrims of beauty.” Like religious pilgrims of centuries...
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Jun 28, 2016 RISD Museum
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Spencer Finch, an artist known internationally for artwork that captures fleeting or intangible natural phenomena and sensory experiences, received his MFA in Sculpture from RISD in 1989. In the two decades since, Finch has created drawings, watercolors, photography, and video as well as sculpture and installations—selecting mediums and methods that seem best suited to conveying his fascination with light, color, and atmosphere. His focus of attention ranges from a speck of dust seen in a...
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Jun 27, 2016 RISD Museum
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IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (1500-1800), festivals enlivened civic spaces with a frequency, scale, and magnificence unrecognizable to us today. Festivals marked ritual moments, praised political agendas, and provided public entertainment. Europe’s papal court, sovereign powers, civic governments, and high aristocracy sponsored festivals for all sorts of occasions, staging joyous entry processions when foreign dignitaries entered a city, celebrating coronations, marriages, royal births, and...
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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The Esthetics of Knowledge: A Conversation between David Henry and Ernesto Pujol. The following conversation took place between David Henry, Head of Education, The RISD Museum, and Ernesto Pujol, Art ConText artist in residence.
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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On collaboration, the inner lives of young women, and teaching artists or artist teachers: An Interview. As Art ConText artist-in-residence between January 8 and March 9, 2000, Lynne Yamamoto worked with students from Providence’s Mount Pleasant Public High School and a group of six students from Rhode Island School of Design in the development of This, and my heart The following are her thoughts on questions posed by David Henry, Head of Education, The RISD Museum, and Stephen Oliver, Art...
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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On getting acquainted with a community and making art in strange places: An Interview. Between March and June 2000, Rebecca Belmore was the Art ConText artist-in-residence at the Providence Public Library’s Smith Hill Branch. She participated in the transformation of an empty lot behind the library; worked with a group of immigrants in a library literacy program; and engaged students at the nearby Camden Avenue Elementary School; all while creating the artwork that now dominates the...
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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What Is Really Free? Acts of kindness and the stories people tell: an Interview. Between February and June of this year, Indira Freitas Johnson traveled each week from the Chicago area to work with a literacy group at the Knight Memorial Branch of the Providence Public Library. Starting with these students, recent immigrants learning English, Johnson began to collect stories of occasions where people had given "freely” of their time and spirit for the nourishment of others. With the...
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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During the fall of 2001, McGee moved to Providence from his home in Houston, Texas, to be the Art ConText artist in residence. Given the challenge of introducing people at the Olneyville Branch of the Providence Public Library to The RISD Museum, McGee did what he does best: he painted. The following interview with David Henry, Head of Education at The RISD Museum, was conducted a month before the paintings were to be hung. Exhibition Notes, Number 16, Winter 2001
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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Beginning in late February and continuing throughout the remainder of the semester, Wendy Ewald visited Michelle Silvia’s classroom of special–education students at the Carl G. Lauro Memorial Elementary School in Providence. The photographs and videos of the children learning to read and the patterns used in classroom lessons are the result of a three-way collaboration— teacher, students, and artist. The following questions were posed to Wendy Ewald and Michelle Silvia by David Henry,...
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Jun 24, 2016 RISD Museum
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Since 1966, when its first acquisitions of modem Latin American art were exhibited and published, the Nancy Sayles Day Collection has continued to provide the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design with its greatest opportunity for participating in the adventure of the present. 
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Jun 17, 2016 RISD Museum
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“Hand in Hand” is the inaugural issue of Manual . The phrase was first recorded in the 16th century, and early usage described the clasping of palm to palm, but the term has since come to encompass more than this literal meaning. To be hand in hand is also to be connected, joined, concurrent, well matched. Thumb through this issue to find rigorous, imaginative musings as artists and academics make solid contact, gesture wildly, and put their fingers on the pulse of new ideas. In this issue:...
Topics: Manual: a journal about art and its making, Hand in Hand, RISD Museum, RISD, Elizabeth Williams,...
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Jun 1, 2016 RISD Museum
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Catalog of an exhibition held April 13-May 14, 1972. Introduction by Malcolm Cormack. Includes bibliographical references and index of artists. Catalog designed by Malcolm Grear Designers
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May 31, 2016 RISD Museum
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Loose threads unknotted. Ideas unrealized. Outlines left bare. Function unperformed. Patterns uncut. Luster removed with time and wear. We rarely examine unfinished things. The unfinished is easily overlooked in favor of the fully rendered and complete, but consider those sketchy lines, those fraying ends: the unfinished has potency. The unfinished offers evidence of process, reveals traces of technique, trembles with latent possibility. The essays, images, and projects presented in the fifth...
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May 31, 2016 RISD Museum
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The third issue of  Manual  turns a spotlight on the circus. “How can a circus be held in print?” you may ask. Indeed, prepare to be astounded. You’ll find tumbling acrobats, unsettling sideshows, ferocious beasts, fantastical costumes, and entrancing feats of grace and strength within these pages, we assure you, but perhaps not in ways you would expect. Step up and let the spectacle unfold before you. From the Files : RISD archivist Andrew Martinez discusses costumed balls at RISD, and...
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May 31, 2016 RISD Museum
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In potently meaningful and deliberately meaningless ways, this issue, “Lorem ipsum,” celebrates text. The standard placeholder text used by designers and printers, lorem ipsum isn’t really Latin. Mangled over centuries of use, the passage has become meaningless and untranslatable—and yet it is highly useful in that in its incomprehensibility, it occupies space. Over the centuries and across many inventions and innovations in type and printing, lorem ipsum has acted as a space filler and...
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May 31, 2016 RISD Musuem
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Manual: a journal about art and its making , a new twice-yearly journal, uses the collections, exhibitions, and collaborations of the RISD Museum as an impetus for essays and interviews, artist interventions, and archive highlights. A fusion of academic arts journal and design magazine,  Manual  is a resource for engaged conversations about art, design, and the impact of creative making by curators, artists, scholars and educators. “Hand in Hand” is the inaugural issue of  Manual . The...
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Indigo blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, zaffre blue, indanthrone blue, phthalo blue, cyan blue, Han blue, French blue, Berlin blue, Prussian blue, Venetian blue, Dresden blue, Tiffany blue, Lanvin blue, Majorelle blue, International Klein Blue, Facebook blue. The names given to different shades of blue speak of plants, minerals, and modern chemistry; exoticism, global trade, and national pride; capitalist branding and pure invention. The fourth issue of  Manual  is a...
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Mar 28, 2016 RISD Museum
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American Furniture in Pendleton House
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The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650 Exhibition Catalogue Edited by Emily J. Peters with contributions by Evelyn Lincoln and Andrew Stein Raftery Renaissance engravings are objects of exquisite beauty and incomparable intricacy that are composed entirely of lines. Artists began using this intaglio process in Europe as early as 1430. This captivating catalogue focuses on the height of the medium, from 1480 to 1650, when engravers made dramatic and rapid visual...
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